Vancouver residents on track to meet recycling targets


SUMMERSIDE - The City of Summerside's technical services committee will undertake its second review of a proposed zoning bylaw change that would remove recycling depots as a permitted use in a light industrial zone.

The issue centres around Label Construction and Sanitation Ltd. and the company's plan to open a recycling depot in the former provincial government garage at 149 Pope Road. The company won the bid to conduct Waste Watch pickup in the area and was to use the former garage property as a marshalling yard for its vehicles.

The controversy came when company president and owner Dean Crosby applied to the Province for a recycling depot for the site.

Residents objected, but under the present light industrial zoning bylaw regulations, a recycling depot is a permitted use.

In a bold move, the city's technical services committee recommended to city council that the bylaw be changed to remove recycling depots as a permitted use in the zone. The committee further recommended that a recycling depot would only be allowed in that zone at the discretion of city council.

Last Monday night, city council gave first reading to the change and returned it to technical services for review and comment. That meeting to review the amended bylaw will be held Monday, March 14, at 5 p.m. and is open to the public.

It is expected that the committee will recommend final approval of the bylaw amendment when they present it to city council's next meeting. That is set for Monday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m.

Legal counsel for Label Construction and Sanitation warned that it intends to hold the city accountable for all costs incurred by the company in filing for the recycling permit, if the zoning amendment is approved.

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